Valentines Day. February 14th. Love it or hate it, it’s happening. And if you happen to find yourself as one half of a couple (or more – it’s 2018 after all) you’re probably going to have to embrace it.
If taking a stroll down Hatton Garden to look at diamond engagement rings seems a little bit too daunting for a Valentine’s date, we’ve compiled a list of alternative Valentine’s day date ideas – you’re welcome! (Plus you can buy the diamond engagment ring online – it’s 2018 after all…)
Make Things – Not Babies
Crafting is sexy, FACT. We’ve all seen that scene with Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and a particularly sensual lump of clay. Okay, maybe crafting is more endearing than out-and-out sexy, but it is definitely up there on our list of alternative activities to partake in this Valentine’s Day.
‘Drink, Shop, Do’ is a buzzing bar and café space in King’s Cross where they run various activities throughout the month. Take your favourite human (or just yourself) and create Lego robots, sassy succulents, silver jewellery, pet embroidery or perhaps an inappropriate Valentine’s Day Card. They also host dance classes, quizzes, yoga and toast sports (we don’t 100% know what that is either) so there really is something for everyone – and none of it falls into cliché Valentine’s day plans.
Make Cake – Not Washing Up
You could bake a cake this Valentine’s Day. You could bake a cake together, and both argue about who’s going to wash up the tins. You could bake a cake together in London’s very own Bake Off tent, against other cake-loving couples - because you never love your partner more than when they’re fiercely competitive and covered in flour. (Plus you don’t have to wash up).
The Big London Bake offers a Great British Bake Off style tent set up, and allows teams of two to compete against each other, just without Mary Berry. There’s still spaces available on Valentine’s Day, so if the thought of booking a table for two somewhere packed out and filled with love is disheartening, book this instead! Tickets sold through Design My Night.
Watch Films – But Not Mushy Ones
Sometimes there really is nothing as sweet as curling up and watching a film together. Crack out some blankets, a few candles and you could even call it a date. The hardest part is picking a film, right? You need to find something that gives you all the good feels without being madly cliché.
Time Out have usefully compiled a list of Romantic films that aren’t too mushy. Thank you very much Time Out. Perhaps the crushing heartbreak of Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind isn’t going to get you ‘in the mood’ but you will look at your partner and think – you’re alright, you’re my kind of alright. (Maybe, we guarantee nothing).
Get Quizzical – And Physical
Did you and your partner meet at a gig? Did you bond over that album and how you both love the exact same track!? Perhaps you have complete opposite tastes in music, but it’s okay! Everyone’s a winner with the Sounds Like Music Quiz. If you’re a team of music buffs – that’s great! If you’re a couple with very different ideas of what good music is – that’s great too - play to your strengths.
Sounds Like Music Quiz tests you with many rounds such as Round of Cheese, Feel The Power Ballad, Does Liking This Record Make Me Uncool? Indie Disco, I’m No Fool – I Know My Old Skool, Couch Potato, Mash It Up and a whole host more pun-titled challenges. If going out dancing on Valentine’s Day fills you with absolute dread, go for this quiz because they will for sure have you up on your feet by the end.